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this morning for pope benedict's final public audience. benedict steps down tomorrow. >> the pope acknowledged difficult times during his papacy but told his people he has great trust in the future of the church. allen pizzey is in st. peter's scare. allen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there are fierce concerns about whether or not the monostic life benedict is about to fade into will keep him from having influence on the next papacy. that's for tomorrow. today he was center stage. benedict made a stately arrival for his last general audience aboard a pope mobile perhaps taking advantage of the last time he will have use of one of the specially made vehicle. the crowd of st. ter's square was half the 200,000 the vatican predicted and catered for but the welcome was warm. the pope thanked the crowd as he put it "from the bottom of my heart," and told them he was fully aware of the seriousness and novelty of his decision to resign. cardinals were gathering to choose benedict's successor held places of honor and seemed moved by the occasion. the 115 cardinals eligi
catholic will give up being pope. >>> today is ash wednesday, the first day of lent and pope benedict is speaking for the first time since he announced he'll be retiring. >> the conclave good morning. the audience is usually full. today it was packed. it was the first chance the public had a chance to hear from the pope since he announced his resignation. he asked them to pray for him, for the church and for his successor, and then he explained why he did what he did. he said, quote, i did this in full freedom for the good of the church and having prayed for a long time and having examined my conscience before god. the welcome he got, the applause he got was raptures. i spoke with a priest who said it was a joyful mouse along with sadness. the words he used were basically the ones he used in his resignation speech. he will once he's gone from being pope which is february 28th move to a convent in the back, which was renovated which shows he had this in mind forn a helilicoptpter leave vatican cicity a and g go to thanks. >>> a cruise has turned into a week of misery
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